It’s foundation stone laid twice in 13 years — in 2001 and 2010 by the SAD-BJP government — the subway in Aggar Nagar, Ferozepur road, connecting Block A and B, was finally thrown open to public on Tuesday.
While the district administration in its official statement claimed that the foundation stone was laid only once in 2010 by Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, it was on June 10, 2001, that Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal laid the first foundation stone of ‘Maharaja Aggarsain Pedestrial Subway’ and also released Rs 21 lakh as first instalment in 2001. But the project failed to take off. The stone was laid again in 2010 by Sukhbir.
Meanwhile, Punjab Irrigation Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon came out against the BJP’s former MP Navjot Singh Sidhu and said that “some political leaders are issuing false statements to merely highlight their personal grudges”.
“But the SAD-BJP workers are well aware of such mischievous tactics and will not fall prey to them,” Dhillon said after inaugurating the subway in Aggar Nagar.
Sidhu lashed out at the Shiromani Akali Dal during the recent Rath Yatra in Ludhiana on Sunday and said that “Akali Dal is doing only 10% sewa and eating 90% mewa”. It was a satire on the SAD’s slogan ‘Raj Nahi Sewa’.
Acting on Sidhu’s comment, the SAD lodged a formal complaint with the BJP. Education Minister Daljeet Singh Cheema, who was in the city on Monday, said that the “SAD has lodged a formal complaint against Sidhu with BJP”.
Dhillon added that “some of their political opponents claimed in the social media that the state government is shying away from sanctioning tax-free status for Punjabi film Char Sahibzaade”.
“Our government has already sanctioned tax-free status for this film and people should remain vigilant from such people who try to misguide,” he said.
Rajinder Bhandari, vice-chairman, Punjab State Planning Board and a senior BJP leader, was also present during the inauguration. “SAD and BJP do not have any differences,” he claimed.
Constructed at a cost of Rs 3.5 crore, the subway is 177 feet long and 45 feet wide and has 13 shops. The residents of Aggar Nagar heaved a sigh of relief as the garbage dump near the subway was cleared for the minister’s arrival. “We hope that the dump is not visible after inauguration too as it was cleared in two days due to minister’s arrival. We always complained but no one from MC listened and it was a complete nuisance created by stray cattle and dogs here,” said Pankaj Jindal, a resident of the area.
“This cleanliness should continue and also we want a security guard to be hired at subway as girls who take tuition in other block or go to Tagore Public School in A-block will face problems,” said Sangeeta Garg, another resident.
Meanwhile, it was another photo-op for the SAD and BJP leaders who were seen trying to hog the limelight during the inauguration.